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Technical Staff

Jon Parry 

Academy Director

Jon Parry joined the Sporting KC Academy as the Director of Coaching in January 2008. His impressive soccer background includes more than 16 years of coaching experience, working alongside Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes in his current role while also serving as the Director of Coaching – Boys at Sporting Blue Valley. Prior to joining Sporting Blue Valley, Parry was the head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

In addition to his roles at Sporting KC, Parry is currently the Executive Director of U.S. Youth Futsal. He holds his USSF A-Youth License, completed the U.S. Soccer Academy Directors leadership course, and received the prestigious Elite Formation Coaching License through the French Football Federation.

As a player, Parry enjoyed an eight-year career in professional indoor soccer, earning league all-star recognition four times and scoring more than 400 goals. He also competed for the United States Futsal National Team at the 1996 World Championships and the 1998 Mundialito de Futsal Tournament in Brazil. Parry played college soccer at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and is the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 93 goals.

Parry and his wife, Kelly, currently reside in Overland Park, Kansas, along with their three children: Dominick, Anna and Andrew.

Michel Ribeiro 

Technical Coach

Ribeiro, who has duel citizenship with Belgium and Portugal, joined the Sporting KC Academy staff as Technical Coach in July 2017. Prior to arriving in Kansas City, he worked as a Technical Coach at Belgian first division club KRC Genk from 2004-2017, where he worked closely with youth players in the Genk Academy.

While in Europe, Ribeiro coached a number of excellent players who went on to have renowned professional careers, namely: Kevin de Bruyne, Dennis Praet, Christian Benteke, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Leon Bailey, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi, Wilfred Ndidi, Enes Unal and Christian Kabasele.

Ribeiro's 11-year professional playing career included stints at multiple European clubs clubs, including Genk and Patro Eisden in Belgium and Telstar and FC Den Bosch in the Netherlands. FC Den Bosch and T Rangers.

Ribeiro works closely with the Sporting KC Academy and Swope Park Rangers while also assisting the Sporting KC first team.  Ribeiro and his wife, Nolly, reside in Overland Park, Kansas, with their son Diego.

Rumba Munthali

U-19 and U-17 Head Coach

Munthali joined the Sporting KC Academy in Fall 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the club. In Alabama, he served as an assistant at the University of Montevallo and coached Birmingham-based youth team Vestavia Hills Soccer Club. In Toronto, Canada, Munthali was the Assistant Technical Director of Glen Shields Futbol Club. He currently holds his USSF B License and A-Youth License.

As a professional player, Munthali joined the Montreal Impact in 2001, then of the North American Soccer League. His 10-year playing career spanned the U.S., Canada and China, highlighted by a 2001 USL Regular Season Championship with the Richmond Kickers. His time in China included stints with Nanchang Bayi FC and Shenyang Dongjin FC.

Munthali enjoyed a prolific four-year college career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) from 1997-2000. He was a four-time Conference USA All-Conference selection, a two-time All-South Region honoree, the 1997 Conference USA Freshman of the Year and an NCSAA All-American as a senior in 2000. Munthali, who led UAB to the Elite Eight in 1999 and the Sweet 16 in 2000, also participated in the 2001 Umbro College All-Star Game.

Munthali resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife Ella and son Zaire.

chris o'neal 

u-15 head coach

Chris O’Neal joined Sporting KC from Cincinnati United Soccer Club, where he has spent the last three years as the Director of Coaching—Boys for the Cincinnati United Premier Development Academy program. His previous coaching experiences include stints as Director of Vestavia Hills Soccer Club in Birmingham, Alabama and the Director of Southern Soccer Academy in Savannah, Georgia.

O’Neal played collegiately at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), where his team reached the Sweet 16 and perennially ranked among the NCAA Top 25. He then spent one year playing professionally with the Atlanta Silverbacks. O’Neal currently holds his USSF A License.

Declan Jogi 

U-14 Head Coach

Declan Jogi joined the Sporting KC Academy in Fall 2015 and has a strong reputation for developing young, technical players. Originally from Zimbabwe, Jogi played college soccer at King University in Tennessee, followed by a professional career with the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer League as well as Acadia United and Dynamos FC in the Zimbabwe Premier League.

After his playing career, Jogi started coaching youth players in Eastern Tennessee with FC Fusion and FC Dallas TRI, where he was the Director of Coaching for the Pre-K to U-14 age groups. While in Tennessee, Jogi was on the state Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff and was named the Tennessee Boys Competitive Coach of the Year in 2014.

Jogi holds his USSF B License and is currently taking the prestigious Elite Formation Coaching License through the French Football Federation. Jogi and his wife, Cynthia, live in Kansas City, Missouri, with their three sons: Eli, Alastair and Crispin.

Luis Pacheco

U-13 Head Coach

Luis Pacheco joined the Sporting KC Academy in Fall 2017 and has nearly a decade of coaching experience. He arrived in Kansas City after spending seven seasons with Oldham Soccer Club in Buckner, Kentucky, where he was the U-8 through U-16 head coach from 2011-2017. While at Oldham, he served as Academy Director from 2013-2016 and Technical Director from 2016-17. In addition, Pacheco served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Louisville from Fall 2016 to Summer 2017, helping the team reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Pacheco, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri, holds his USSF B License. As a player, he developed at Vardar Soccer Club in Michigan before competing collegiately at Louisville from 2007-2011. He was a member of the 2010 Louisville team that advanced to the College Cup and closed the season as national runners-up.

Colby Childress 

U-12 Head Coach

Colby Childress assumed his role as the Sporting KC U-12 Head Coach in Fall 2017. His coaching career began with stints at Tennessee youth clubs Fusion FC (2010-2012) and FC Dallas TRI (2012-2013) before becoming a graduate assistant coach at King University in Briston, Tennessee during the 2013-14 season. Childress then spent two years as the Director of Operations for the Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team — also spending the 2015 summer as an assistant for Premier Development club Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors — before his move to Alabama, where he was the Technical Program Assistant for the Birmingham United Soccer Association.

Childress, who holds a USSF B License and USYS National Youth License, was a four-year starter at King University from 2008-2012. During that time, he also competed for Rocket City United in the National Premier Soccer League from 2009-2010.

Gavin McInerney 

Goalkeeper Coach

Gavin McInerney joined the Swope Park Rangers as goalkeeping coach ahead of the 2017 USL season before adding the same role with the Sporting KC Academy. He previously served as goalkeeper coach for the Rochester Rhinos from 2015-2016, where he helped the side claim the USL Regular Season Championship and USL Cup title in his first season. Under his guidance, the Rhinos set a USL record by conceding just 15 goals in 28 regular season matches.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, McInerney moved to the U.S. to play collegiate soccer at the University of Memphis in 2004 before returning to Ireland after the 2005 season to sign a professional contract with St. Patrick’s Athletic FC of the League of Ireland. He moved to fellow top-flight side Bray Wanderers, then returned stateside in 2009 to begin his coaching career as an assistant coach with the University of Buffalo.